WINNERS HAVE THE LAST LAUGH!
On the 19th May 2014
HAVE THE LAST LAUGH!
Guy Montgomery and Trygve Wakenshaw have capped
off an incredible 2014 NZ International
Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider by picking up the country’s
most prestigious comedy awards; the Billy
T Award and The FRED Award at
last night’s Last Laughs hosted by Dai Henwood.
was incredibly tough as all five nominees had presented brilliant and creative
shows however it was Guy Montgomery who got to don the iconic Yellow Towel, joining the “who’s who”
of New Zealand’s comedy crop.
Guy Montgomery also received a $4000
cash grant from the New Zealand Comedy Trust, a spot on TV3’s 7 Days, $2000
Huffer clothing voucher and a campaign on The Rock FM.
five nominees for the 2014 Billy T Award were; Tim Batt, Brendon Green, Jamaine Ross, Guy Montgomery and Stephen Witt. Selected on their proven
comedic ability; talent; dedication; current form and potential, the nominees
were judged on all aspects of their 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival solo
in 1997 by the New Zealand Comedy Trust, The Billy T Award is in honour of one
of NZ’s greatest comedians, the late Billy T James. The award not only
recognises outstanding potential but helps foster and encourage New Zealand
FRED Award was won by none other than Trygve Wakenshaw, who received the renowned golden gumboot and a $10,000
prize package including; a cash grant of $2500 from the New Zealand Comedy
Trust and advertising campaigns with More FM and The Dominion Post.
in honour of ex-pat comedy icon John Clarke’s legendary Kiwi character Fred
Dagg, The FRED Award was introduced in 2006's and recognises the Festival's
Best Show by a New Zealand comedian.
2014 nominees for The FRED Award were Jamie Bowen and Rhys Darby - who have both enjoyed accolade from critics and
audiences alike, and showcased the diversity of this year’s Comedy Festival.
giving power to the people has resulted in Urzila Carlson being crowned the winner of the TV3 People’s Choice Award winner. With
thousands of votes cast from across the nation, the TV3 People’s Choice Award
sought to celebrate the greatest in local laughs while recognizing New
Zealand’s incredible comedy talent.
winners from last night’s award ceremony include:
Best International Show – JAMES
Best Newcomer (Auckland) – NIC
Best Newcomer (Wellington) – EAMONN